Published Mar 21, 2000
I have been a registered nurse for about a year and a half. Unfortunately I haven't been able to practice as a nurse. I would like to know if there are classes that can be taken so I could practice/brush up on clinical skills such as I.V. therapy, dressing changes,etc. I live in New York State. A reply would greatly be appreciated. Thank You.
Contact a local hospital. They generally have CEU classes such as IV therapy and others that you can take. (Even if you are not working there.)
LaurieCRNP2002, MSN, RN, APRN
You might want to check with the Depts of Nursing at colleges in your area--some may offer refresher courses that help nurses return (or in your case, start) in a clinical area. I found an article from a local magazine that addresses this topic--Rutgers University School of Nursing offers a course such as this. I don't know if that would be feasible for you,which is why I suggested contacting colleges near you. Best of luck to you!
I would also suggest contacting a hospital, prefereably the one you would like to work at. I would try to find a class that offers an generalized overview ie. most hospitals offer their nurses a "skills day" where they review needed knowledge.
Why not just apply for a job? You will get the classes this way too? You can expect to be hired as a new grad and you definately want to be.
I was a tutor in the Community College I have near me for 2 years, if you have passed the classes they will pay you a tiny pay to be a peer tutor, it was just under minimum wage for me, but the experience and the learning I GOT from the students made the experience INVALUABLE.
Just a thought
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